Glenwood Springs in Garfield County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
When the Railroads Arrived in Glenwood Springs
Knowing that its economic survival depended upon the profits generated by mining, the Denver and Rio Grande could not pass on building a line to Aspen. The race to the Roaring Fork Valley was on.
The Denver and Rio Grande chose to expand its line from Red Cliff, westward through Glenwood Canyon, to Glenwood Springs. On October 5, 1887, townspeople turned out in droves to watch crews drive the last spike into the connecting rails.
From Leadville and down the Frying Pan and Roaring Fork rivers, the tracks of the Colorado Midland Railway reached Glenwood Springs December 9, 1887.
The Social changes brought by the railroads were dramatic. Stage coach lines became obsolete almost overnight. The telegraph lines that came with the railroads provided faster communication to the rest of the country.
In the end, the Denver and Rio
The introduction of so powerful an agent as steam to a carriage on wheels will make a great change in the situation of man. Thomas Jefferson, 1802
Top left: The first Denver and Rio Grande train arrived in Glenwood Springs with much celebration.
Bottom left: The original D&RG train depot at 7th and Pitkin.
Erected 2012 by Frontier Historical Society.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Railroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #03 Thomas Jefferson series list. A significant historical date for this entry is October 5, 1887.
Location. 39° 32.795′ N, 107° 19.456′ W. Marker is in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, in Garfield County. Marker is on 8th Street east of Grand Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Located on the side of the Glenwood Chamber Visitor Center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 802 Grand Avenue, Glenwood Springs CO 81601, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Water for Glenwood Springs (here, next to this marker); And Devereux Said Unto Glenwood, "Let There Be Light" (a few steps from When Snow Slides Closed the Canyon (a few steps from this marker); Immigrants Found Future in Colorado (a few steps from this marker); CCC Men Built Improvements for Glenwood (a few steps from this marker); Healthy Atmosphere Rehabilitated Soldiers (within shouting distance of this marker); "The First National Bank Building" (within shouting distance of this marker); David Delaplane, Father of Colorado Mountain College (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Glenwood Springs.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 27, 2018. It was originally submitted on July 21, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 285 times since then and 59 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 21, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.